Feature Request: Copy/Cut a Part of a Grouped Object

Bug #701819 reported by Nico Decker on 2011-01-12
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Bug Description

Lets assume a very big drawing, which is grouped. Ungrouping
takes a lot of time; also zooming and moving with a big amount
of ungrouped paths (even on a double core).

Often only a part of this grouped object needs to be copied or
cut out.

Feature would be nice:
- draw a path over the grouped object
- mark this path and the grouped object
- select the operation "cut out", "copy/isolate"
- the path disappears
- instead a new object appears, which only
contains the marked part of the grouped object

I know that INKSCAPE supports clipping, but the disadvantage
is that the invisible part is still there (hidden).

Working with such a clipped part has also high impact
on the CPU. Furthermore: if parts of this clipped object
should be modified, it need to be ungrouped. And this
operation takes as long as ungrouping the original,
big drawing -- and suddenly the clipped hidden part
is visible again.

Thanks!

And by the way: INKSCAPE is really a great tool!

Regards,
Nico.

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

> Often only a part of this grouped object needs to be copied or
> cut out.

Why not use the existing methods of selection?

a) enter the group and select those paths you need
Ctrl+<Enter>, select objects, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+<backspace>, Ctrl+V

b) select objects within (nested) groups
Ctrl+click, Shift+Ctrl+click to add to selection, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V

> if parts of this clipped object should be modified,
> it need to be ungrouped.

No, just enter the clipped group (double-click or Ctrl+<enter>) and edit the the object(s) - no need to ungroup or release the clip.

See also:
<http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/Groups.html>

tags: added: groups selection
nightrow (jb-benoit) on 2012-12-05
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in inkscape:
status: New → Incomplete
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